Brick walls, wooden shutters, and a color scheme as warm and red as the homemade tomato sauce—Buongiorno Pizza & Pasta’s decor really sets the stage for a homey Italian meal. The home-style approach extends well into the kitchen, where chefs craft gourmet pizzas from scratch in both New York and Sicilian styles. They toss and top them to order, strewing them with a medley of guests’ favorite toppings or whipping up one of their inventive signature pies, such as a pizza topped with a penne à la vodka sauce. Wines culled from Italy and California pair well with Mediterranean-inspired entrees such as chicken parmigiana heroes and veal marsala, while also facilitating conversation between a couple on their first date or a poet and his muse.
Picasso’s Pizzeria spins out a menu of classic pasta dishes, hearty subs, and pizza pies crafted with fresh-made dough, homemade sauce, and 100% mozzarella cheese. Baked to crispy sublimity and desired by lonely bicycle wheels, Picasso’s round, gourmet pizzas range from the Carolina pizza with pepperoni, genoa salami, and tomatoes ($12.95–$17.95) to the margherita pizza with fresh basil and mozzarella ($10.95–$16.95). Bask in the simple goodness of a cheese pizza ($9.75–$13.75), or upgrade that simplicity with a choice of delectable toppings ($1.35–$1.85 each depending on pizza size). Diners hankering for a savory dose of carbohydration can dive into a traditional plate of spaghetti and meatballs ($10.95) to hit the spot, or they can relish in the ocean flavors of the shrimp parmigiana ($14.95), served with ziti or spaghetti. Dine-in for a delicious outing with family and friends or order takeout and bury the meal in the backyard to teach a newborn child the survival skills of sniffing out and digging for one’s food.
Seated at booths or on an outdoor patio with brick floors, patrons of Pizza Stop and Pasta bite into New York-style pizzas with toppings such as baby spinach, roasted garlic, and sweet Italian sausage. Chefs also pile hero sandwiches with cold cuts and, bake pasta dishes, and toss chicken wings with tangy sauces.
Chicken, roasted peppers, and parmesan. Artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, and basil pesto. Spinach, kalamata olives, and gorgonzola. These fixings mingle with mozzarella atop City Pizza Italian Cuisine’s gourmet pies. For something more conventional, try the menu’s build-your-own pizzas or a customer’s creation such as the meat lover’s, topped with pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, ham, and bacon. The restaurant’s other Italian grub includes hero sandwiches, pasta, calzones, and stromboli.
microbrews to complement its Italian-American bistro-style menu. Brewmaster Fran Andrewlevich—whose past work has won gold and silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival—whips up lagers, pilsners, and seasonal beers right onsite. In the open kitchen, chefs feed flatbread bruschetta and hand-stretched pizza dough to a hungry brick oven, and craft ranch burgers filled with Angus beef, bacon, monterey jack cheese, and dreams of running away to join the circus concession stand.
The expert chef at Crazy Mario's calls upon 25 years of foodsmithing experience to craft zesty Indian platters and 12 specialty pizzas from all-Halal ingredients—as well as an eclectic roundup of fried chicken, subs, and appetizers. An appetizer of sultani chili awakens palates more effectively than licking a light socket with two deep-fried peppers bearing hidden cargos of chopped chicken and tomato within their sweet shells ($5.99). The goat biryani anchors plates with a bed of rice and herbs garnished with fresh coriander leaves ($11.99), while the baingan bhartha mutes tumultuous bellies with flame-broiled eggplant and a sautéed entourage of green peas, herbs, and spices ($9.99). The tandoori-chicken delight pizza—which flaunts a medley of tandoori chicken, green peppers, onions, and oven-roasted tomato—infuses Eastern-inspired flavors in a special house sauce ($19.99 for 18"). Diners may also create their own customized pizza, piling on a choice of toppings that include meatballs, spinach, pepperoni, and pineapple ($11.99 for 18", additional $1.59/topping).